Con­tacts and supervision

Need help? Looking for a supervisor? From this page, you'll find the contact information for the administrative personnel the doctoral programme, as well as information on the board of the programme and the supervisors of the programme.

The doctoral programme officer (former "coordinator")

  • Contact person of the programme
  • Administration and communication
  • Planning the programme curriculum and other activities in collaboration with the board

Doctoral programme planning officer
Tiina Ahonen
Viikki Biocenter 3, (Viikinkaari 1), room 2801
Tel: +358 50 5639430 / +358 2941 58192

Doctoral programme planning officer
Liisa Uotila, PhD (on leave until 15.8.)

Professor Hélder A. Santos, Director (Faculty of Pharmacy)
Professor Janne Backman (Faculty of Medicine)
Professor Mikko Airavaara (Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki)
Researcher Heidi Kidron (Faculty of Pharmacy)
Professor Päivi Tammela (Faculty of Pharmacy)
University lecturer Tapani Viitala (Faculty of Pharmacy) 
University lecturer Erik Wallén (Faculty of Pharmacy)
Doctoral candidate representative Jernej Stukelj
Doctoral candidate representative João Pedro Martins


Supervisors in the DPDR work in the area of drug research and toxicological research. They are usually professors and principal investigators at the University of Helsinki. An extensive list of DPDR supervisors can be found from the University of Helsinki research database TUHAT. However, researchers at other research institutes may co-supervise a DPDR doctoral candiate. 

Lists for doc­toral can­did­ates

All DPDR doctoral candidates should join the dpdr-candidates(a) mailing list, which is used to advertise DPDR activities as well as to distribute information relevant to PhD candidates. Another relevant mailing list is the DSHealth doctoral school list (all DPDR-candidates list members automatically receive the DSHealth mails as well). Also, consult your supervisor for other relevant mailing lists to join.

To subscribe, send an e-mail to majordomo(at) Leave the subject-line empty and in the message field write subscribe DPDR-candidates. Please use your email address.

To unsubscribe the list send an e-mail to majordomo(at) and write in the message field unsubscribe DPDR-candidates and nothing else. Please note that you should send the email from the same address that you joined the list with.

Email list for DPDR su­per­vi­sors

Primary supervisors are added to the email list, other supervisors may join the list like this:
To subscribe, send an e-mail to majordomo(at) Leave the subject-line empty and in the message field write subscribe dpdr-supervisors.